Well our Girona camp has come and gone but a few days before the camp even started something bad happened to me. I woke up in the middle of the night with nasty stuff coming out of both ends. Unfortunately, that lasted all night. In the morning someone from the team came by to check on me. Not pleased with how they found me they immediately took me to the hospital. But I was really struggling to walk. Not from the illness but I guess with all the dry heaves I threw my back out. My hospital stay was brief (which was fine by me). They put some fluids back in my body and sent me home.
The food poisoning, or whatever it was, eventually cleared my system but my back was in bad shape. To irritate things further, a lot of people were like, ‘I can’t believe you got food poisoning because of the vegan thing’. Let me point something out: being vegan makes me feel pretty good but by no means does it give me immunity from occasionally getting ill.
I went for an MRI and it revealed that the disc in the L5 area was slipping out and man it hurt pretty badly. So I didn’t get to ride with the guys while they were here in Girona but it sure was nice having the team’s medical staff here to help me out with my back. I still went to the hotel quite a bit for interviews and meetings, which can be both fun and not. Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a whole lot of waiting for this disc to slip back in.
Today I finally went on a ride and got 4 hours in the saddle. I ran into my teammate Pete Stetina and gave him a tube as he was patching his. Who uses patches anymore? It’s been a while since I’ve been on the bike and I was feeling a little shaky as I walked in the apartment but my wife had made my favorite recovery pudding, vegan, of course. Now that brought me back to life almost instantly. I spent quite a bit of time with ice on the back and thinking good healing thoughts. The mind is a powerful tool for the body’s healing.